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Sep 15, 2012 11:45am EDT
'souza talk about what a second term for the obama administration would look like. the president's policies would reduce america's global influence. it is an hour and 10 minutes. [applause] >> thank you. please sit down. i am excited and thrilled to be here. with barack obama in this election year, i think we are dealing with one of the most mysterious and odd figures ever to occupy the oval office. a few days ago i received a phone call. i didn't recognize the area code but the phone call was from kenya. it was actually george obama, the president's half brother. the youngest son of barack obama. he said dinesh, my 2-year-old son is in the hospital. he has a serious chest condition and i wonder if you would be willing to help me. are you at the hospital? he said yes. and the phone to the nurse. so he did and the nurse confirmed that george's son is sick with a chest infection. i would send him a thousand dollars by western union but before i hung up the phone i said isn't there anybody else he you can ask? why are you calling me? he said no. he said dinesh, this killed me, you are like a b
CSPAN
Sep 22, 2012 8:45am EDT
eastern here on c-span2. >>> presenting thoughts on what a second term for the obama administration would look like. the author contends the president's policies would great ly reduce america's global influence. it's about a hour and ten. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. please, sit down. i'm excited and thrilled to be here with barack obama in this election year, i think we are dealing with one of the most mysterious and odd figures ever to occupy the oval office. a few days ago, i received a phone call, i didn't recognize the area code, and the phone call was actually from kenya, and i answered it, and it was actually george obama, the president's half brother. he's the youngest son of barack obama, senior. he said, i'm calling because my 2-year-old son is in the hospital with a serious chest condition, and i wondered if you could help me. i said, are you at the hospital, george? yes. hand the phone to the nurse. he did. the nurse confirmed that george's son is sick with a chest infection. i sold george i would send him a thousand dollars by western union. i said, george, suspect the
CSPAN
Sep 23, 2012 9:00pm EDT
in the book those democrats this is a very critical study of the obama leadership all of the sources were democrat. tell us about that decision. >> guest: some of the politics longtime technical people in the defense department or the intelligence services and so on but for the most part these are people that worked alongside the president in one capacity or another in the white house and we need federal agencies in the house of congress to see him up close. what i discovered much to my surprise is this illustration is losing by rivalries, those in tend disagreement in this administration much life the reagan and the nixon administration but much unlike the last bush administration which was very corporate in its cultural field. there wasn't a lot of fighting. the bush memoirs haven't been that some might be. this administration is very different. there is a lot of confusion and frustration. and the administrations, the culture of the administration reflects, so you have obama, someone that comes across the people that know him as a sort of movie and indecisive, sensitive, someone that ha
CSPAN
Sep 2, 2012 4:00pm EDT
>> author david maraniss and his book, barack obama, the story. .. to discuss his latest book barack obama the story and then take your calls, e-mails and tweets. >> david maraniss you write in barack obama the story that no life could have been more the product of randomness than that of barack obama. >> guest: it's the whole world coming together accidentally in honolulu, hawaii in 1950. a father that happens to become ill from kenya because he rads a story that describes the university of hawaii as a great place because its diversity, and a mother that has a father with a wanderlust that is never satisfied the and he ends up selling furniture than the meat in the russian class and here comes barack obama who emerges as a whole global treen amex systems until he becomes president of the united states. >> host: >> guest: in butler county is where obama's mother grew up and natalie and the rest of the store in topeka which is the state capital because he lived there for a short time. his father, the president's great grandfather was an auto repair man and a great-grandmother w
CSPAN
Sep 24, 2012 12:00am EDT
is something we're looking at. secondly, i am president obama's proposal is a tax credit for companies to bring manufacturing back or invest back in the united states in communities and create jobs and proposed a 20% tax credit for those types of companies. why do you cut the corporate tax rate across the board? my argument for that is i don't think right now that either my law firm was investment bank of wall street needs that. i say let's target to areas that are in economic growth. so i am sympathetic to taxiing if they can be tied to accountability for companies to actually invest in other communities and create jobs. okay, last question. >> i'm wondering about tax incentives. on the other side, wouldn't it be okay -- i guess that's not quite the right word, to tax the imports? so that it discourages imports and encourages the local benefactor? >> that's a big debate about how much protectionism we should have as a country. my view is that the competition is fair, i think americans can compete and we should not be -- we should not be discouraged competition. the question is what happens at
CSPAN
Sep 30, 2012 12:00pm EDT
president obama has been indecisive unconflicted throughout much of his presidency and many victories can be credited to someone else. this is about an hour. >> host: rich, congratulations on your new, "leading from behind: the reluctant president & the advisors who decide for him." first, tell our viewers how and why he decided to write the book. >> guest: when i sat down and said it wanted to write a book without adjectives. i think there aren't a lot of anti-obama books out there. i didn't want to be either one of those books. i want to read a book to describe it as to what i thought was the most important question, the most interesting question anyway. let's look at barack obama a character. he is the guy that is very public thank you to the experience. his entire place is that the law professors like turn, the committee table in the illinois statehouse during various meetings, but he's never the guy in the front of the room deciding, making the hard calls. he is various little management experience, suddenly he's in the most managerial job in the world. president of the united states
CSPAN
Sep 16, 2012 7:00pm EDT
tv talking about her book no no higher power obama's war on religious freedom. it was part the recent eagle forum summit held here in washington. [applause] >> tlause] phyllis received her bah ba where she worked her -- testing 30 caliber an mission. she severed a master degree from the harvard university. after the age of 50 she received her law degree? st. louis. she founded eagle forum in 1972a to encourage the grassroots to be p politically active.nd she lead the ten-year battle to successfully defeat the ratification of the equal rights amendment. she is the author of twenty books such as politics, nationa, defense, courts, feminism, andle even then phonic textbook for children called "first reader."s the newest book released this month is no higher power, obama's water on religious freedom. please welcome phyllis schlafly. [applause] [applause]er [applause] >> thank you very much, ann.the and gooda morning students. there are a lot of good books about obama. different aspecteds of his w career.as one o but there wasn't one on a veryti important issue. and that's why i wrote this
CSPAN
Sep 9, 2012 1:00pm EDT
at obama's tax plan and say -- we been writing about this for quite a while. but on a other areas like trade and he regulation, our criticisms -- easy to finger prints of both parties. there's just no doubt about that. you see an awful lot of democrats with the free trade ideas. and by buying, i mean the kind of restrictions, without some oversight to make sure that it's been played properly. same with deregulation. the popular perception is deregulation was ronald reagan. the first two major deregulation acts were under jimmy carter. many democrats supported deregulation. .. the balance of the society. that is what it stands firm. not in a partisan belief. >> albright, donald barlett, james steele are the authors of this fascinating new book, "the betrayal of the american dream" and both journalists come extraordinary men. but your 70s now? >> guest: on most. >> host: but at the very top of american journalism and held up as a paragon, this is a truly book. i read it with great in the great interest. the book again is "the betrayal of the american dream." donald barlett, james steele,
CSPAN
Sep 22, 2012 10:00pm EDT
pleasure. thank you very much. .. i think there are a lot of anti-obama folks out there and a lot of books defending the president. i wanted to write a book that described the answer of what i thought was the most important question in and the most interesting question. look at barack obama for a moment as a character. he is a complete fish out of water in a way. he is a guy who has very little executive experience. isn't higher life is that the law professors like turn at the committee table in the illinois statehouse or the u.s. senate or in various meetings but he is never the guy in front of the room deciding, making the hard calls. he has very little if any management experience and then suddenly he is in the most important managerial job in the world. he is president of the united states leader of the free world and so my question was how does he decide? how does he make decisions? how does he govern? not with the content of the positions are but what is his leadership style? when i looked around for books we looked at this question semiserious and sustained way and they really were
CSPAN
Sep 10, 2012 1:00am EDT
offshore. we have to offshore barack obama. he's got to go, send him to china to respect first what is a loss of vegas oddsmaker? >> someone that predicts the winners of sporting events and was kind of a natural outgrowth. i went to predicting the one of sporting events, football games, to the winners of political elections, and i think it was too close and for the conservative website said out of all of the oddsmakers and pendants and america of the one that got the most accurate prediction on the presidential election was wayne root. he won the 34 or 35 votes so i'm good at the instinctive with the american people are thinking. >> when you say instinct are you breaking these political odds down by county were looking at the electoral analysis, what are you doing? >> ayman people person the same reason i'm leaving my whole life predicting sporting events figuring out who has the image based on psychology and the situation of historical and based on whether the players are up or down psychologically and how they played last week based on next week i feel the same way about elections
CSPAN
Sep 15, 2012 7:00am EDT
that they end up doing. going back to candidate obama four years ago it would be don't ask don't tell. says he wants to stop it and does stop it. category 2, i want to do it but not able to do it, closing guantanamo. category 3 candidate obama said i will carry out 300 drone strikes into pakistan but did it. what do you think -- give me an example of each of these moving forward. what do candidate romney and candidate obama and particularly the third category the unsaid that they have to do. you don't get away without that. you get the tougher question. how might the media do a better job of informing this debate? we seem to have a disconnect between what is said and what is reported and the american public's understanding. it hits a lot of issues whether it is policy or budget trends. recent data showed roughly almost half of americans don't realize we have the world's largest defense budget. a pretty odd phenomena in. >> thanks. in terms of what he will do i think he will reduce the size of the military. the next president. makes it harder to do either one. a president romney would reduce th
CSPAN
Sep 9, 2012 6:45am EDT
, for you? anyone think of the movie? [laughter] the series of movies. >> obama's trying to get people to think that -- [inaudible] >> right. exactly. he won't admit that his own justice department sent them to cartels to kill people. well, the embarrassing part about the name fast and furious is that the obama justice department actually named this lethal program after the hollywood movie, and i have the official government slide show, atf slide show cover to prove it. they actually took a screen shot of the hollywood movie cover and put it into their official documents as an official name. so the unfortunate thing is that this operation fast and furious isn't about racing and stealing fancy cars, it's about, um, something that the justice department claimed to be a program where they were going to allow straw purchasers who are people who go into gun shops and buy guns for people who cannot buy them. their claim was that they were going to follow these guns, allow them to be transferred to these cartel members in order to take down the big fish or what they called cut off the head of
CSPAN
Sep 29, 2012 2:15pm EDT
replace to teach law. i wrote the brief against obama with the fact in mind that i have a lot of liberal friends on the cali. my colleagues and the faculty. law professors are quite compulsive but the level of the scholarship. when you read something that you want to have available to your colleagues it has to be overwhelmingly document to and fed noted. and a brief against obama there are 45 pages of footnotes and 235 pages of text. and so when i tell you anything and make a statement about the president tonight and about his record to find in a brief against a llama. and as documentation that takes you executory confine the fact that i cite, the quotations that i put forward in the arguments that i make because i have in mind that when the law school to you reconvenes. i'll leave a copy of the button each of my liberal colleagues mailbox. were actually a wonderful faculty. we stand back-to-back. there are about 50 of the other ones. that's about hair. and we have to abide by just wanted to make sure that it would stand up to the most rigorous analysis. the second part of it is, a lawye
CSPAN
Sep 26, 2012 5:00pm EDT
of the state where tampa and orlando are and the miami metro area. .. we see college graduate group that obama lost by about 11 points in 2008. facing the most polls he's physically about even. i think that makes it very difficult for romney to put together a coalition that can take the state. colorado has been fairly close so again obama mabey looks like a fairy or four-point lead on average read a lot of demographic change. you can see the minority eligible voters have gone up by three percentage points and working-class voters in 2008 have gone down by three percentage points. again it doesn't appear that romney is able to turn the demographics tie in his favor. he's not doing much better among the white working-class voters according to the polls i've seen. he's made some progress on the outside margin that obama got 14 points in 2008 among the college graduate voters but he's not making nearly enough voters to take the state and if you break it down geographically the denver metro area is about half the vote in the state but that looks very similar in the polling data as it did in 2008. f
CSPAN
Sep 11, 2012 6:00am EDT
-- when obama won the effort and energy that african-americans put into his victory meant that many of the associations which -- this happen before. it changes things. the one thing to remember, we are the only race, only race that the republican party has not pursued. they -- zero. so they get zero response. there's nothing in any of the associations that can be said to lead african-americans, large associations, the fed responded to cited or articulate. the problem is and question was about coalition building. i think that is an important issue. it would be easy to build coalitions if the republican ticket wins because it would be a lot of people who say we don't have to have coalitions that are just response. the problem is that without some of these organizations that were not as responsive as they should've been after obama got into the white house, we cannot maintain without a link left. there are a variety of explanations for the. probably my simplest example, shirley sherard. remember, we immediately conceded to the right wing media spin can you explain who she is. >> the af
CSPAN
Sep 25, 2012 11:00pm EDT
today. >> the first debate the turn presidential candidates mitt romney and president barack obama is next wednesday, october october 3rd. the university of denver. watch and engage with c-span, including a live debate preview starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern fall by the domestic policy debate at 9:00 p.m. post debate reactions and comments. calls, e-mails, and tweets. follow our live coverage on c-span, c-span radio and on line at c-span.org. >> presidential debates next wednesday live on c-span, c-span radio, and on line at c-span.org. watch ending dates. pass >> on washington journal tomorrow morning and look at the issue of foreign policy in this year's campaign. our guest is nicholas burt, former undersecretary of state for political affairs. political science professor at norfolk state university will focus on the role of virginia in the election and a history of the african-american vote in virginia. we will also be joined by editor in chief of the washington monthly to discuss recent articles in the magazine examining the consumer financial protection bureau. live on c-span ev
CSPAN
Sep 27, 2012 6:00am EDT
and white college graduates and working class voters voted in 2008. minorities 80/20, obama. white college graduates a four-point deficit, and the right hand column you see how much demographic change we have just in the last four years based on current population survey eligible voters. according to be sedated, we've seen an increase of three points in the share of eligible voters were minority's and a decrease of three points in the share of voters who are white noncollege or working class. that's quite a lot of change in a short period of time. let's just think a bit about what these figures mean, the figures from 2008 and the figures for today. even though it looks like the minority vote usher should go up, let's just say it does not. but let's say that obama gets again the 80% of the minority vote he got in the 2008. let's get nearly loses white college graduates by four-point. it means that you actually be competitive in this race, mitt romney would have to get double john mccain's margin of 18 points among the white working class in this election. that's youth turnout doesn't change
CSPAN
Sep 29, 2012 10:00pm EDT
are some sort of discipline testing so the smart campaigns you know and the obama campaign is emblematic of this basically thinking of almost everything the campaign does this somehow formed by data but you know, you get down to the state-level campaigns and they definitely are having you know people who are voter file managers who are doing the data and targeting people who are doing the data. you get up to the presidential campaign and one of the things, after they won the nomination built what they call the data science team and increasingly that sort of function is becoming a core function of the campaign. it used to be that there were lists for fundraising or voter list and you could buy them from vendors or consultants and now, you know, basically it's a core function of a modern campaign to have people especially on the voter side just crunching and processing data. >> host: if any of us were to go into the romney campaign are the obama campaign and we were to look around the headquarters how many people -- is there a lot of young staff? what does it look like? >> guest: chicago d
CSPAN
Sep 26, 2012 9:00am EDT
, and that kathleen mentioned in the survey, the claim that obama has gutted welfare reform and has, i'm sure you've seen that ad, that all three of us, all four of us i think have debunked. so i want to play a little short video as an example of, about this and talk a little bit about why i do think we will hear. here we go. >> so this is a video from -- >> i will be the first to publicly say i was wrong, ms. coppola. because my objective is for people to know the facts and the truth on all of the stuff. >> you know what you should do? let me tell you what you should do. you should go on some kind of a truth tour. [laughter] spend as a matter fact i already have one plan. >> what do? that sounds crazy? what's it called? >> it's called the truth tour las.[laughter] >> is called a truth tour. was a going to to go? >> thirty states and three events a day. >> all right, this is from politifact. [cheers and applause] >> politifact checked a romney campaign and claim that obama ended welfare work requirements earlier this month. rating it pants on fire. [laughter] that i believe is one of, i don't kno
CSPAN
Sep 10, 2012 11:00pm EDT
worth noting. one is missile defense. when the obama administration came into office, they did not cut funding for missile defense. they kept it at about the same level, about $10 billion a year. but they shifted resources to focus much more on other things. these are systems like patriots, it is good for helping protect our forces overseas were -- now, national missile defense systems are really concerned with protecting the united states in particular. the obama administration changed our plans for european missile defense to leverage the existing missile defense system and put that system sure first in romania and poland later on. they also curtailed the ground-based midcourse. they stopped it at 30. i think the wrong administration would actually probably go back and change the balance again, much more in favor of national missile defense systems and we have actually seen in congress, republicans have been pushing the idea of deploying some of these ground-based and interceptors on the united states disclosed. another area of specific differences in shipbuilding. it is an imperfect
CSPAN
Sep 16, 2012 10:45am EDT
of the obama administration and a touch of the current state of the country she speaks of the women's national republican club in new york city for about nine or. >> monica crowley is the host of political foreign affairs analyst for the fox news channel . the most of the nationally syndicated radio program the market rarely show. she also has been a regular panelist on the mclaughlin group she shares -- served as foreign policy assistant to former president rick -- richard nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994 and wrote two best sellers about her experiences. it makes them off the record ang in winter. she is also written for the new yorker, the "wall street journal", the los angeles times, newsweek, and the new york post. a member of the council on foreign relations, she has lectured at yale university, columbia and mit. she holds two master's degrees and a doctorate from columbia university. so we have to our, you dr. monica. in a recent interview with news maxed on her new book "what the (bleep) just happened", the happy warrior astride to the great american comeback. monica said, and mi
CSPAN
Sep 25, 2012 8:00pm EDT
these figures in 2008 mean in the figures for today. let's say obama gets again 80% of the minority vote. let's say it again, to actually be competitive in this race, it would have to go up 18 points in this election. that turnout does not change despite the shift in eligibility. 26% as you can see on this chart. it is now based on a recent poll that came out. i think it is the gold standard for polls. no offense to anyone else in the room who had their own poll. they do it right and they have a 3000 person sample. it is pretty reliable stuff. they give you a lot of interesting demographic rates. this shows among likely voters that obama is leading by eight a point. if you look the averages, that is high relative to the average. the averages from about four points. probably up by five points, this is within the averages. the overall topline, look at the black black at the margin, 91 points, that seems identical with obama's margin in 2008. seventy-two among hispanics and it is not that far off. also 22 for romney. what it means is that the idea that obama could get 80% of the minority again i
CSPAN
Sep 16, 2012 2:45am EDT
african-american writers on the election of barack obama, 44th president of the united states. [applause] next we have professor cornell west. [applause] with cornell as we all know is another national and international icon and in national treasure in his own right. he is a professor of civil rights activists philosopher, human rights activist who and really one of the boldest public intellectuals that we have in the united states today. he speaks truth to power even when when he speaks is unpopular he has the structure to be critical and against the grain even when it's hurt him and is standing in the black community. so cornell's latest book is the rich and the rest of us and we are proud and happy to have him here today. [applause] next we have fred harris, who is professor of political science at columbia university where he directs the institute for research and african-american studies. [applause] professor harris's latest book is the price of the ticket, barack obama and the rise and decline of black politics and professor harris is one of the leading scholars of african-american
CSPAN
Sep 30, 2012 1:00pm EDT
coming out in the summer of 2012. this is a small little book put out by encounter. "how obama's gender policies undermine america" first of all, diana furchtgott-roth, what is this supposed to represent. >> guest: is a short and easily red booklet. this one is about gender policy. >> host: another new book put out by american enterprise institute is "women's figures". >> guest: that is meant for the playboy crowd. [laughter] >> host: this is the book "women's figures: an illustrated guide to the economic progress of women in america." i think some of the ideas are the same in both of these. which is compared with men, women in 21st century america live five years longer, facing unemployment rates that are significantly lower, are awarded a larger share of high school diplomas, bas and a maze, and face lower rates of incarceration, alcoholism and drug abuse. in other words, contrary to what feminist lobbies would have congress believed, girls and women are doing very well. >> guest: that is correct. they have fewer of us in jail, they earn more ba's and ma's. we don't need affirmative a
CSPAN
Sep 1, 2012 9:00am EDT
in reverse. the chronology begins with the arrival of all four sets of michelle obama's grandparents. and so it goes back in time. tell us why you organize the book in that way. posted in marketing decision in terms of what the reader might take us the most compelling aspect of this narrative before moving back to slavery? >> you know, when i started thinking about the structure of the book, it occurred to me that actually part of what i do this we are looking for a white ancestry hidden in her family tree. ms welcomed the story of so many generations of people who emerged from slavery. and i thought to myself, we actually know where this story and, with michelle obama, you know, the first african-american first lady in the white house. but the question is where it began. it's a little unorthodox. i don't know when i started doing it how well it would work, but i thought i would roll back. i also thought that because there is so much silence over the generations come and i kind of peeling back the layers in hearing the little bits and pieces people knew and what they didn't know, that that w
CSPAN
Sep 15, 2012 10:00am EDT
how intimately involved president obama is in this kill list. and to me this is a jaw-dropping piece of journalism because it was so detailed and it came from people who are presently in the administration or had been recently in the administration. and what was shocking to me was to learn that president obama brings him his advisers once a week on what they call terror tuesday is and sort through these profiles of people that they have information and a photo and save these look like baseball cards and they decide who's going to live and who is going to die. they played the role of prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner all at once. some might say they play the role of god. some of them are shocking things in that article were that they admitted that the administration defines all men of military age in the zones where we are using those drone as militants. that to me was just astounding, to think that by definition, a young man living in the wrong place at the wrong time is a militant and can only be present in a sense post-human life, after they are killed. it's quite astounding.
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Sep 1, 2012 10:15am EDT
million to elect barack obama in 2008. but it's not just at election time that democrats display their financial muscle, and can that's the focus -- and that's the focus of "the new leviathan." it is in the space between elections, in the battles that frame the political argument that democrats show their real supremacy in spending their political dollars. "the new leviathan" is a name we have given to a left-wing network of billion dollar foundations and advocacy think tanks that work in concert with government unions and grassroots radical groups and constitute the largest, most powerful political machine ever assembled. the agendas of this new leviathan are the promotion of an ever-expanding state and ever more intrusive state, collectivist rights over individual rights, the erosion of american sovereignty and the undermining of our national defenses. the funding core of the left-wing leviathan is made up of 115 tax-exempt foundations with more than $100 billion in assets. how does this compare with conservative resources? the left's foundations collectively are ten times as l
CSPAN
Sep 25, 2012 6:00am EDT
candidate mitt romney and president obama will both address attendees at the clinton global initiative today. the meeting begins sunday with leaders in business and philanthropy. and secretary of state hillary clinton spoke monday. this year's meeting addressed poverty, health and the apartment. we will bring in mitt romney's remarks live at nine eastern here on c-span2. than president obama's address to the clinton global initiative at noon eastern on c-span. >> new york representative bob turner and former new york city mayor ed koch last week talked about the jewish vote in the upcoming november presidential election. former mayor koch has been a vocal critic of president obama's policy toward israel. he still supports the president. but also discuss the wars in iraq and afghanistan and u.s. relations with the middle east. from fordham university law school in new york, this is about an hour and a half. >> we are here again once again in connection with this conference dedicated to examining the 2012 presidential election, and the way it may be being shaped by the memory of the holocaust
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Sep 19, 2012 5:00pm EDT
on this past congress. when the republican leader says his number-one issue is to make sure obama doesn't get reelected, i think that probably is what's held up this congress from doing all kinds of things. and let me remind everyone, mr. president. since i have been the majority leader, which has been six yea years, we've had to try to overcome 380 -- this is two now -- republican filibusters. during the same period of time, six years, that lyndon johnson was president -- was majority leader before he became president, he to file cloture once. so this is what -- that my friend from arizona. we've served together now 30 years in the congress. so his agitation should not be directed toward me. they're the ones holding up hundreds of bills in the energy committee and basically everything we've tried to do because their number-one goal, if they follow their leader -- and they've done a pretty good job doing that -- has been to make sure that the country's in such a shape that maybe -- maybe -- they may get lucky and have governor romney elected. so if -- there's been an objection by the assistan
CSPAN
Sep 9, 2012 3:15pm EDT
-too-compliant american media. and you add those three elements together, and you get the obama hate machine. i'd just like to say a little bit about each of those elements and then open it up for questions until c-span tells us the cameras are turned off. and, you know, let's start with a hate directed against obama. and, first of all, i've got to say, though, i think criticism of any american president is fair game. i'm part of the white house press corps, i go to the white house every day, would have been there today if we weren't coming down here, and every day in front of the white house on pennsylvania avenue there's a crowd of people protesting something. you know? and i love that. i really do. i always make a point of checking out what they're there for, what the issue of the day is. it's a very healthy part of our democracy. and criticism of presidents, of course, has been around for a long time. if you want to go back to the ugliest presidential campaign in history, you could probably go back to 1800 and john adams and thomas jefferson and the things that were said particularly by their foll
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Sep 23, 2012 12:00pm EDT
biography tent david maraniss, barack obama the story, biographer of the president just published in june, speaking in that tent shortly and that he will be followed by bob woodward, another associate editor at the washington post. mr. woodward's 19th book is the price of politics, all about the budgets and the last couple of years with the obama white house and republican house and the democratic senate. so those are the next two speakers live from the national book festival this year. as we continue our live coverage. here on our set just a few feet from the history and biography ten we are joined by author thomas mallon who has written this book, watergate a novel. now, we are a nonfiction work. how do you write a novel about watergate? how you approach that? >> the reader will find that the agreed upon facts, most of the big ones are still intact. president nixon resigns in 1974, the same basic time line. it is not what sometimes it's altered, the history. but i think what they can do with the existing history is in certain things in between. and then try to get an inside the heads of
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is the necessary work. succumbing even in the kind of world that obama gets elected and you have the republican congress a think that there's a decent chance we are going to get a fundamental tax reform and i would added that on to the list. dewey ultimately get the consumption tax? ayman economist, so i can certainly make the argument for why we, are there. i don't think that is part of the debate right now. we are a fair way away from that. but we will see. i do think one of the risks, which i think people largest founding is the notion that free essentially bargaining the strategic reasons we will go off the fiscal cliff. in the sense that the advantage of doing that is then the tax rates recent back to where they were at the beginning of the bush administration and then you can have a different debate which is a debate about what's to a big tax reform that includes cutting the taxes for most people, and that is the more attractive to date for both sides to have them the current one. and so, you know, there is a lot of work being done on what is the economic consequence going off the cliff?
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Sep 26, 2012 11:00pm EDT
is important to every single american. because we live in a globalized world. i thought president obama gave a thoughtful and he focused 0 the middle east and the tragic events that took place two weeks ago of this week. the assassination of our ambassador in libya and three of his colleagues. the president paid tribute to ambassador stephens. he made two important points, he said americans obviously want to show great religious tolerance for the viewrs of others. and he disassociated the united states from the hateful video that was made in california that derotted the prophet mohammed and islam. and the president said this is his main point, he was passionate about it. the americans have an abiding belief in made a compelling case mr.. he also had a message for iran and that is that while we want to negotiate our differences through diplomacy if that's possible, that time is not unlimited. i thought it was a warning to the iranian government is a difficult deal with. i thought it was a important speech that the president gave yesterday in my. >> >> host: how about mitt romney can, you asse
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't the primary thing that i was doing. what i was doing mostly as documenting candidate and president obama backstage moments, his sort of authentic self off-camera and in that capacity i was able to be inside the bubble and document a lot of things that people normally don't get to see. before we dive into that i want to show you actually what that actually means. doesn't necessarily mean funny. he was no longer the prime minister of the netherlands so now i had to worry about -- factual inaccuracy. this is from my show which is a weekly wrap-up that details the president's activities that you can still see every friday morning at whitehouse.gov. yeah. actually that was an importunate weeper he decided that all week and i had to be like at some point we will have to -- this one gag is going to get all but that was my job. i got behind the camera and hung out backstage getting these moments that normally ran seen and it's important to realize with any type of motion picture technology people want -- it's not anything. in fact there was a fiction film with grover cleveland in 18, whatever th
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Sep 10, 2012 5:00pm EDT
think it's across the board obstruction and foot dragging since day one of president obama's tenure means we're likely to complete his first term with more judicial vacancies than when he took office. partisan obstruction has been particularly damaging with respect to federal trial courts. the sharp departure from the past senate spluns stalled senate approval of district court nominees including those republican states, nerd republican state senators who worked with president obama to get a nominee they supported, they've been stalled, too. i mention this because at this point in president bush's first term, the senate democrats worked with republicans to confirm 165 of his district court nominees. president obama for some reason was treated entirely differently than president bush was. a letter in "the new york times," republican senators have created and applied practices that substantially depart from procedures employed in prior administrations even as recently as president george w. bush. most important change is refusal by the g.o.p. leadership to enter into voting agreements
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Sep 14, 2012 9:00am EDT
of nowhere. this really does go back to the very beginning of the obama administration, the very first television interview. don't forget that president obama gave after he was sworn in which was the arabic cable tv network al arabiya where he promised he would provide middle east peace in our time. than president obama when on went on his first foreign-policy trip to cairo and he spurred our longtime ally egyptian president mubarak by inviting the very violent muslim brotherhood, who at that time was outlawed in egypt, to attend his speech and gave him front row tickets to his speech in cairo. mubarak's policy was to keep the destructive muslim brotherhood at arm's length. when you hear the muslim brotherhood's mission statement i think you will understand why former president mubarak or anyone could one want to stop the violent muslim brotherhood or that the brotherhood is a political entity and this is their motto. it reads and i quote, allah is our objective. the profit is their leader. the koran is our law. jihad is our way. dying in the way of allah is our highest hope. recently
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have a better chance because i'm just like, obama come into the presidential race. he was really unknown and give people a chance. but it holds and got a lot. not on his mistakes but the mistakes ryan mcginniss grew. thanks so much. >> host: jen on the republican's line. >> caller: it's funny what the independent just said about brian being in government accounts at, that you know the vice president biden was in government since he was 29. we paid his bills. anyway, but i just want to kill you, i think it's neat right is doing this. these are the people that are going to be stuck with the debt, the debt we are putting out there. and for ben bernanke got to get in a political deal like this, 40 billion a month and the aegon is so crappy and jobs, hello, mr. president, what if you don't? talk about values. when paul ryan boasting about mitt romney needs to speak more about himself, mitt romney doesn't do that because he is humble. in his church, which is my church, it doesn't matter if you're a schoolteacher, bishop our mitt romney with his money, you're treated the same way and yo
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Sep 1, 2012 10:00pm EDT
at the bottom don't have the money to buy like they once did. >> host: you know when president obama says something up this type publicly, he is castigated and he he is said to be attacking people who create wealth in america. it said, when he said you didn't build it that the largest society contributed the legal structure and the bridges on the roads, he is demeaning small small-business owners in america. do you agree or disagree? >> guest: absolutely now. he is absolutely right. it could have been phrased more eloquently perhaps. he is absolutely right. gemini are saying we did all of this ourselves. we didn't do it all ourselves. we had all kinds of help and the idea that one person or two people do everything, the best example is steve jobs and apple. apple derived enormous benefits from the advanced research projects agency that really started the internet. it wasn't al gore. it really was artba. but does he ever pay tribute to that? absolutely not. all these perceptions that one or two people did everything and the president was absolutely right. i don't think he phrased it right,
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Sep 17, 2012 8:30pm EDT
president obama announced new efforts to end subsidies for chinese auto parts exports at a campaign stop in cincinnati. the romney campaign has been accusing the president of not doing enough to stem the flow of manufacturing jobs to china. the president's remarks are about 35 minutes. ♪ ♪ [applause] ♪ jericho. >> hello cincinnati! [cheering] thank you. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. thank you so much. it is good -- it is good to be back in cincinnati. [cheering] it is good to be in ohio, it is great to be in this beautiful setting. you know, it seems like we should have a picnic. [applause] who has got the chicken? love chicken, love potato salad, baked beans. who said beer? it is beautiful. can everybody please give andrew a great round of applause for that wonderful introduction. wasn't a great? tirico. [applause] now let me say first of all, we could not be prouder of andrew's service to our country as a veteran. we are grateful to him. obviously we are very proud of the work he is doing and the work he does with his union but the thing i am most proud of is the fact
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two vastly different presidents, george w. bush, and barack obama when it comes to this conflict. the most important continuity. both have said we are at war. both have side we are at war with al-qaeda and its affiliates. i was watching president obama's inauguration, and carefully looking for signals with regard to this very fundmental thing, and he actually said we are a nation at war. that was somewhat satisfying for someone from my background and point of view. it's not definitive. nobody argued we're at war in iraq or afghanistan. i wanted evidence he believed that we were at war with the groups that attacked us on september 11th. .. he would use law enforcement authorities but he would not limit himself just to law enforcement authorities. he would actually use his authority sounds commander-in-chief to wage war against a foreign enemy. i'm sure you all remember in 2009 after just a few weeks in office president obama was awarded the nobel peace prize. by and large i thought it was awarded because he wasn't president bush and the europeans wanted to confirm that fact. [laug
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Sep 17, 2012 6:15am EDT
of representatives is spending all of its time beside voting to repeal obamacare i'm trying to investigate the obama administration and this is exactly what would be predicted. so what we have is separation of parties, not really separation of powers. because we are unified government, you don't have oversight. and what we need to address is how do we get the benefit of oversight that you do get when you have divided government without paying the immense cost, which is the near impossibility, at least in our time now of passing responsiveness. >> i just have a question like on the amendment process to select our constitution -- some oof the market a bit like the te fact i can vote. and i just don't like the fact i can do, the fact that black people are no longer considered proper, those are huge changes to the philosophy of constitution. i don't know if you like even see how -- i didn't change things for a long time. do you think any new constitution that an amendment process is even a good thing? its cover like an appendix osha we always have to look over the whole document to see a change should b
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Sep 21, 2012 5:00pm EDT
in obamacare, and now they're attacking president obama for what they have in their budget. go figure. go figure. and both of his budget proposals -- in both of his budget proposals, mr. ryan keeps all of the affordable care act's medicare improvements. but i just heard mr. romney in florida attacking president obama for doing what mr. romney said was marvelous about mr. ryan's budget. in short, mr. president, mr. ryan's medicare plan would end medicare, and this -- there's seelings tha something i hear them say all the time. they say that they're going to protect everyone over age 55. under the ryan plan, he says, well, they're going to go to this voucher care, but anyone over age 55, they're protected. i got to ask, protected from what? i mean, if it is such a good deal, ha why don't we do it for everybody? yet, mr. ryan and mr. romney say, no, no, they're going to -- everyone over age 55 stays -- they all have the same medicare system, they don't get voucher care. iit is only under age 5. well, there must be something wrong with it then. if it's so darn good, why don't you put everybod
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. >> host: now, there has been some talk that president obama might look at cybersecurity through an executive order. >> guest: yes. um, and, um, during his, um -- in the party platform at the democratic convention, that was hinted at, that he could go that route. and the white house says that, um, through an executive order or some type of executive action, um, is still in the cards. um, so we'll all be watching that too. >> host: gautham nagesh of cg anything to add to that? >> guest: sure. there's a draft executive order that they're not acknowledging, but it's out there, so there's definitely some discussion what that would look like. it's not dissimilar to the final version of the senate bill which was, essentially, voluntary public/private councils that would implement standards that would be considered best practices. what could be implemented is in question because this would be an executive program, and their authorities are, therefore, more limited. the real question is whether industry would play ball, and some would. particularly, i think, the telecom industry, some of
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Sep 29, 2012 3:30pm EDT
's done before, the status quo has not worked. we cannot afford four more years of president obama. we're not going to have four more years of obama. >>> wednesday, president obama and mitt romney meet in the first presidential debate. the news hours jim lehr moderates. watch and engage with c-span including the live debate preview at 7 p.m. eastern, debate at 9, and post debate, calls, reactions, e-mails, and tweets. follow our coverage on c-span, c-span radio, and online at c-span.org. now on booktv, peter takes about why our economy produces great wealth and great poverty at the same time. he offers suggestions on how to improve the conditions on tens of millions of americans living below the poverty line. this is about 50 minutes. >> well, thank you so much, debra. i am totally delighted to be here and thanks to busboys and poets for allowing me to be here, to talk with you, and, of course, thanks to all of you for coming. i see a lot of -- a lot of friends, some of my students are here. they already got their grades so no -- [laughter] nobody was threatened. this is -- we could sp
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Sep 1, 2012 5:00pm EDT
barack obama. from earlier this year we take book tv along for the research and writing of his tenth book, barack obama, the story. that is followed by a 2004 appearance by then senator obama. >> all i knew about my father, for the most part, during my company was the stories that my mother told me. i had all whole mythology about who he was. fortunately the mythologies that my mother fed me was a very positive image. so i write about the fact that in the book i drew up with an image of us strong black man who just did not happen to be in the house. >> the book is dreams for my father. book tv this weekend on c-span2. up next, jefferson morley recounts the first race right in washington d.c. which took place in august of 1835. the two subsequent criminal trials by d.c.'s district attorney, francis scott key. he authored the star spangled banner and defended slavery in his prosecution and it sought capital punishment only to be thwarted by the alleged victim whose late husband designed to the u.s. capitol. this is just over 50 minutes. [applause] >> they key event but. and they give for ho
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it was a rocky road. >> host: where did the obama clan began? >> guest: it began actually in sudan. i would start the story in the small village by lake victoria to the south and east of the major city in the province which was a very poor part of kenya. it's where the little tribe is basically center the second referred largest tribe in africa and the about where the obama's found themselves. >> host: on the president's paternal side where the grandparents? >> guest: he was born in the late 1800's and was in the first wave to be westernized they had come out and he learned english and became sort of inculcated into the british culture so he worked later as a chef and cut for many british military people and folks in nairobi and the mother came from another village in that area, and she did not -- he was a very difficult guy to live with. he had several why of this and when he moved to the area near where she grew up it was back to another home state of the clan around lake victoria. she had enough. she had a younger wife along with him and so she ran away. she left the family when barack obama,
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Sep 13, 2012 8:00pm EDT
is barack obama in terms of -- >> rod's a trailblazer and a hero of mine. >> i think the best way to describe it is sort of it's the viral beating heart of the internet. >> more with becausefeed reporter andrew kaczynski sunday night at 8 on c-span's "q&a." >> you're watching c-span2, with politics and public affairs. weekdays featuring live coverage of the u.s. senate. on weeknights watch key public policy events and every weekend the latest nonfiction authors and books on booktv. you can see past programs and get our schedule at our web site, and you can join in the conversation on social media sites. >> radio and tv host tavis smile ri and princeton professor cornel west are on a tour to discuss poverty in america and the issues relevant in the presidential campaign. we talked to them on "washington journal." >> host: well, two familiar faces to the "washington journal" audience are joining us to talk about what they're up to, but also to talk about the most recent poverty figures that have come out from the u.s. census bureau. tavis smiley, of course, and cornel west of prince
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Sep 20, 2012 12:00pm EDT
a republican filibuster on 67% of the district judges we've considered and confirmed. president obama's district court nominees have been forced to wait 300% more than president bush's nominees. three times more. only two people who the president nominated this year have been confirmed. the kind of qualified consensus nominees that in years past would have been confirmed in a matter of minutes are now taking weeks and months languishing with no action. these votes should be routine. they should not be a fight that delays action on important jobs measures. in september 2008, right before the last presidential election, democrats confirmed ten of president bush's district court nominees in one day. more than half of the nation's population. 160 million americans live in the part of the country where there's been a judicial emergency declared. that means more than half the people in this country seek justice from courts and judges that are strained to their breaking point under a backlog so intense an emergency has been declared. the chairman of the judiciary committee of course knows i'
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